|Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.
There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk
The information contained within this alert is based on the results of research carried out by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) concerning incidents of fraud. One of the key objectives of sharing fraud data between the NFIB and partners is to prevent fraud
|Message Sent By
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)
You are invited to watch a free performance of ‘In the Net’ by the AlterEgo Theatre Group which your child (years 3 & 4) may also be watching through their school (subject to availability). This production is part of ongoing work by the police, councils, NHS and others, who are continuing to work hand-in-hand to support children to stay safe online and to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
The internet is an amazing tool which opens the door on a global scale to social and learning opportunities. Most children access the internet from a very early age including via games consoles, and we must therefore teach children how to stay safe online in the same way that we teach them to cross the road.
‘In the Net’ is a fun and entertaining pantomime which raises the profile of internet safety and cyber-bullying. The play has been shown to hundreds of children around the UK and was also shown to a sample of local primary schools in February 2017. It was very positively received. ‘In the Net’ is designed to introduce and explore concepts such as:
“Ask the Police” App – Ask the Police is an App that answers many questions that commonly come through to the Call Management Department.Please see the link below for more information:
|Police are warning the public to be alert to a recent scam where people are approached by fake police officers and encouraged to take part in an undercover operation
Since November last year, Leicestershire Police has received eight reports of a scam of this nature and are warning the public to prevent further people falling victim to this crime.
The circumstances are that criminals are contacting members of the public, mainly by phone, claiming to be from the police or their bank’s fraud team. The criminal goes on to claim they are investigating a fraud at a local bank where bank staff are involved with issuing fake bank notes and asks the victim for their help.
As part of the ongoing police investigation, the victim is asked to visit the same branch and withdraw a large amount of money from their own account, usually thousands of pounds, and hand this over to the police to be tested.
The victim is assured that they will have the money returned to their bank account however this never happens and the criminal gets away with the cash. The victim is told not to tell the bank the reasons around withdrawing the large sum if questioned, suspecting the cashier is only asking as they are in on the scam.
Paul Wenlock, from the Force’s economic crime unit, said: “This is a scam which seems to be increasing, not just in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland but elsewhere across the country.
“The victim may feel that they are doing a public service by helping the police and for some it may seem exciting to part of an undercover operation, but this is not the case and it’s simply a thief’s way of enticing a victim so they can steal their money.
“It’s important that those who are elderly or vulnerable who often fall prey to such type of scams are aware so we would encourage the public to share this message and help us prevent further victims of this crime.
Paul Wenlock added: “Police or banks will never ask anyone to take part in a fraud operation or withdraw or transfer money. Please be wary of any contact made from someone claiming to be from the police asking you to transfer money. If you are suspicious or concerned, please hang up the phone and contact either police, Action Fraud or your local bank.”
Anyone who has been contacted in similar circumstances or has any information about the offences is asked to contact 101.
|Message Sent By
Hellen Jackson (Police, EMOpSS Coms Officer, Leics, Notts, Lincs, Northants)
|Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)|
Please be aware that canvassers from Rutland County Council will be visiting properties in Rutland between 20 October 2017 and 13 November 2017.
They will all carry Rutland County Council ID Cards, and be issued with letters of authority signed by the Electoral Registration Officer (Helen Briggs).
If you have any doubts with regards to the person visiting, please call the Council on 01572 722577 to confirm their identity.
The simple process allows a person to call police or other emergency services in circumstance where it may not be safe to talk out loud or make a noise.
Here’s how to place an emergency call when you’re scared to speak:
When you call 999, an operator asks which emergency service you require before rerouting the call to the police, ambulance service or fire brigade.
If a 999 caller doesn’t talk, the operator will ask them to cough or make another audible sound.
In certain situations, it may not be safe to make a noise – for example it could alert a potential attacker to your exact whereabouts.
Emergency services simply don’t have the resources to investigate every call made to 999 during which no sound is made.
However there’s a simple way of signalling that it’s a genuine emergency and you haven’t just accidentally pocket-dialled.
The procedure is called Silent Solution and it was created so people in an emergency can call the police in dangerous situations.
After you dial 999 and you’ve been unable to audibly signal to the operator, your call will be forwarded to an operating system.
If you’re in danger, dial 55 otherwise the call will be terminated.
UK Security Threat Level increased to Critical
On advice from the Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre, the UK government has raised the UK Security Threat Level to Critical (highest possible level), meaning an attack is ‘expected imminently’.
At East Midlands Ambulance Service we have plans in place in the event of a major incident and are taking extra precautions and actions in response to the raised threat level.
We will be asking visitors to our premises to show official identification so please ensure you bring yours with you if you are due to visit us in the near future.
The police service is urging the public to remain alert but not alarmed. Together with other blue-light services and our partners we are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our communities.
People are asked to be aware of and actively promote the national anti-terrorism campaign called ACT – Action Counters Terrorism – and speak to their families, friends and colleagues about it. See their website for details, and be aware of the Anti-Terrorist Hotline number 0800 789321.
In the extremely rare event of a firearms or terror attack the police have issued public guidance advising people to ‘Run, Hide and Tell’. You can read more about the Stay Safe campaign via this website.
Terrorists want to create distrust and fear. Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must all maintain a strong relationship between the public and police. The police depend on information from the public, who can be their eyes and ears, in the efforts to keep us all safe.
Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.
Drivers responsible for the most serious speeding offences are set to face harsher penalties under new sentencing guidelines for magistrates.
The court can consider further adjustment for any aggravating or mitigating factors and identify whether any combination of these, or other relevant factors, should result in an upward or downward adjustment.
The maximum fines allowed by law remain the same, so speeding drivers cannot be fined more than £1,000 unless the offence takes place on a motorway, where the limit is £2,500.
|Speed limit (mph)||Recorded speed (mph)|
|20||41 and above||31-40||21-30|
|30||51 and above||41-50||31-40|
|40||66 and above||56-65||41-55|
|50||76 and above||66-75||51-65|
|60||91 and above||81-90||61-80|
|70||101 and above||91-100||71-90|
|Sentencing range||Band C fine
(150% of relevant weekly income)
|Band B fine
(100% of relevant weekly income)
|Band A fine
(50% of relevant weekly income)
|Disqualification for 7-56 days OR
6 points on your licence
|Disqualification for 7-28 days OR
4-6 points on your licence
|3 points on your licence|
This consultation has been created by the Community Safety Team at Rutland County Council, in partnership with the Local Police, Fire Service and other members of the Safer Rutland Partnership. We would like to give the people of Rutland the opportunity to tell us how they feel about Community Safety in their community, so that we can have a better understanding on the local issues and needs. The information that you provide will be considered during future development and delivery of our services and help to shape the priorities for the Partnership’s 2017-2020 Strategy Plan.
Your feedback is important to us, please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Thank you.
Web Link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6VR8BLW
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Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)